Cinderella Movie Review: 4 Things You Should Know Before You Go

When I told the girls that we were going to see an advanced screening of the Cinderella movie, they yelled, “We’ll be able to see the 2-minute Frozen movie!”. So, at first, they weren’t excited to see the Cinderella movie, but once we got to the theater, their eyes were glued to the big screen, they had smiles on their faces, and I — of course — was sniffling and wiping tears from my eyes. Seriously. So below is a quick Cinderella movie review and….

Know Before You Go: Here are 4 Things you Should Know about the Cinderella Movie:


  1. The Frozen 2-minute movie short is AMAZING. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel come back for a quick dose of Frozen and some really cute new characters. You’re kids will not stop smiling. PLUS, Disney just announced that they are making Frozen 2 which means we will continue to have Frozen fever for the rest of our lives.
  2. The Cinderella movie is very true to the classic animated movie. Which means that there is the male prince who “rescues” the young damsel in distress. Which, is what happens in Cinderella, so you get what you expect. No changes there. If you think you’re going to see something different or for “strong” female parts, you’re not going to find it here.
  3. There are “mean parts” to the movie. They aren’t “scary” parts per se, but just parts where the truly wicked stepmother (played by the most awesome Cate Blanchett) and her evil brood of daughters are just down-right mean to Cinderella. The mean spirit comes through more when real people play the roles versus cartoon characters. But these scenes are pretty quick. With that said, young kids can definitely see it. They just may cringe and you may just have to comfort them a little bit.
  4. Helena Bonham-Carter’s fairy godmother is kinda like…a Helena Bonham-Carter fairy godmother. Which basically means, she’s a little off-center and a little kooky so don’t expect a plump, warm & fuzzy godmother. But Helena is still pretty damn good.

What I did like about this adaptation of Cinderella was when she actually confronts her stepmother. During the scene where the stepmother locks her up in her attic, Cinderella pleads and asks her, “Why?!? Why are you so cruel to me?!?”. You’ll just have to see the movie to hear her answer, but it does give you an insight to why stepmother acts the way she acts, which you don’t get in the classic animated version.


Final Verdict on the Cinderella Movie:

Go see it. You’ll like it. Your kids are gonna like it. It’s a classic tale with great actors and fabulous costumes (Cate Blanchett’s wicked stepmother has the best wardrobe!). And your kids are gonna love the Frozen short in the beginning.


Head on over to Fandango’s Cinderella Movie overview page to learn more and to buy tickets!

This is part of a sponsored post series with Fandango Family. All opinions expressed are mine. All images from Fandango.